Video Diaries 2016: From Ireland to Vietnam

From Ireland to Vietnam: Videos you say? Yes, videos! For those following us on snapchat during our Vietnam trip, you probably noticed me recording like mad! Normally I don't like vertical videos but because I took all the videos on Snapchat to save myself from being glued to my phone AND a camera, these compilations [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part 10: My Heart is Torn

This part has been hard for me to write. I'm back in Ireland and my heart feels torn. I've never felt this way about Vietnam. In 1998, the first time I came back, I was just seven. I don't remember much, but I remember not finding any connection. It was just a holiday to me [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|14 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: Where We Stayed in Vietnam in 2016

We had a fantastic holiday in Northern Vietnam this year, varying our experiences from trekking to cycling, to kayaking to swimming. Throughout our adventure we roamed across the north, staying in various types of accommodation. Rated and reviewed, from start to finish, here’s where we stayed in Vietnam on our 2016 journey. Hanoi Golden Sun [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|7 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Five: How much is that in Dong?

You could tell that the woman was smiling. Though the mask covered her face, the knowing lines surrounded her eyes. She beckoned us forward as we walked in parallel with her footsteps across Le Duan, one of Hanoi's busiest motorways. This simple act of kindness stays with you. We never spoke, but we too smiled [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Four: Good morning Vietnam!

Through the dense humidity, the scent of spice, coffee and herbs shine through the streets of Hanoi. We perch ourselves delicately down on little stools, and soon steaming bowls of beef noodle soup sit with us. Around us are women barking orders at customers, weaving around scooters that are packed with families. BEEP! BEEP! BEEEEEP! is [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments